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Monday, June 07, 2010


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Lisa at Greenbow

I often go back through my favorite books. I even go through my own journals where I paste pictures of favorite finds in magazines. Time usually brings new ideas to the fore. A visit to another garden will often kick start my muse.


I'm so sorry to hear about your disappointment today; Beth Chatto's take on gardening is a very healthy one. I had a depressing garden day today because I saw that an animal, probably a woodchuck, had gotten into the vegetable garden and nibbled the tops of many of the pea plants. Nothing at all gets me down as much as animal damage in my vegetables. I set to work to try to deter a return: lowering the electric fence, putting out a Hav-a-Heart trap. I suppose the activity helps. What I try to do is put it all in the proper perspective, to remind myself that gardening is a pleasure, even if sometimes it fails (and I won't starve if my crops are shared with the wildlife). I look over my gardens, see the large beautiful picture, and feel better.


Thanks for the encouraging words. No animal problems so far this year which is a real plus. I am pulling books off my shelves, got some unfamiliar titles from the library and also plan to do as Lisa suggests and look back through my journals which I know have pictures pasted in. Sometimes I forget to take advantage of all these years of notetaking and compiling ideas in the journals!


What great and thoughtful advice from Ms. Chatto, a favorite of mine as well, Linda. Loved the pensive photo of you! It seems here that no plant is ever in the right spot, but the moving around of things with a new design is fun and cheaper than therapy. Sometimes it is simply the rain that brings us down, even though we know it is good for the garden. :-)


I understand what you were experiencing. I have been troubled by a new combo I put in a few months ago. It's still not blooming yet so I haven't made a hard and fast decision which way to go. Where do I go for inspiration? Mostly garden mags. Although blogs have inspired me unexpectedly many times. Good luck with your conundrum!

Barbara H.

I agree with all of the above and also really like the photo of you. It's a relief sometimes to know that someone who has done such a splendid job also has moments of feeling like failure has raised its ugly head. But is anything truly a failure? It just means that something is a little off - maybe it's an energy flow thing. Maybe the birch wants some time to itself? When something isn't working, it forces us to ask ourselves why - and to step back and allow the subconscious to grapple with the dynamics. Wow, didn't mean to be so long or philosophical. I know you'll find a great solution!

Julie Siegel

What a generous post Linda. The hardest part is being hard on ourselves for being effected. But maybe we should be grateful to feel strongly...Beth Chatto rocks! She was one if my strongest influences because she is reality-based about the landscape. For inspiration I have been going back to the great early 20th C landscape Midwesterners: Jens Jensen, O. C. Simonds and Alfred Caldwell.

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